Thursday, February 10, 2011

Homeschool Highlights - Week of January 9, 2011


Bible:  Starting on the New Testament.  We read The Angel Visits Mary.
Devotions:  The January Blues.  John 14:1-4.
Bible Craft: Snowman/Purity

"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven..." Isaiah 55:10 

We made this paper plate snowman. 

One of the snowballs the snowman was holding says, Keep Thyself Pure.  So we talked about purity.  And how we are white as snow because our sins are forgiven. 

Sang Oh Be Careful Little Eyes
(music, art, character)

Art:  Finished making a paper Larry Boy Veggie Tale paper craft.  (art)

Music:  Listened, sang, and moved to many different Christian kids music CD's.

Read Aloud:  The Value of Fairness:  The Story of Nellie Bly.  (social studies, geography, character)

Reading:  Kind and Brave:  Dotty and Spotty, The Brave Dog, Two Dogs.

Phys Ed:  Sledding!  Yay!  The snow is back!


Bible:  Mary Praises God.  Luke 1:46-50.
Devotions:  The Voices We Hear.  John 10:1-15.
Reading:  Kind and Brave:  The Wind and the Duck, The Ant and the Dove.
Social Studies:  Character lessons.  Read aloud The Value of Truth and Trust:  The Story of Cochise.
Kings Kids Program. 

Bible:  Jesus is Born.  Luke 2:1-7.

Devotions:  Are you a Follower?  John 1:35-37.

Music:  Reviewed the Old and New Testament Books of the Bible songs. 

Reading:  Kind and Brave:  The Lion and the Bear, The Foolish Weather Vane

Read aloud:  The Value of Fantasy:  The Story of Hans Christian Andersen

Science:  Levers
  • Read Levers section in Discovering God's World pg 42
  • Read Toy Box Science:  Levers
  • Read Simple Machines:  Levers
  • Levers can be found in the kitchen, tool box and outdoors with the yard and garden equipment
  • The teeter-totter is a fun, hands-on way to explore a type of levers.  Unfortunately, ours is put away for the winter.  If yours is not, discuss ways she may be able to bring herself down and you into the air.  Try moving forward and back on the plan.  Try adding weight to one side.  We built a small scale lever using a ruler and playdough balls.
  • Opening a paint can.  The screwdriver is a lever.  

No Specials today!  Snow Day!

The Angel Visits the Shepherds.  Luke 2:8-14.
Devotions:  Jesus Did It For Us.  Ephesians 2:8-10.
Reviewed Old and New Testament Books of the Bible songs (music)

Kind and Brave:  Funny Bunny. 
Review section M (pg. 122) o in shovel and ph in phone

Lesson 80

Lesson 92  She completed this reasonably quick.  She is also beginning to memorize her addition facts.  Woo-hoo!  She even asked to do flashcards!

Copied list 13 words 1x each and completed workbook section 1-2.

Began work on Badge 8.  Psalms 91:1-2  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Social Studies:
Read aloud: The Value of Determination:  The Story of Helen Keller.  We saved the best for last. 

We have read this story in the past and made comparisons of Helen's difficulties and Shayla's difficulties.  It was a good story to show that people can overcome their differences and learn even if it's a different way. 

The story said that Ann Sullivan found Helen as a spoiled child.  Her parents felt sorry for her and her behavior was bad.  I am finding that was a problem in our family, as well.  I have been working on correcting these behaviors and it's not easy nine years into the game. 

The end of the story has Helen going to Niagara Falls and hearing the falls with her feet.  She hears with her hands by touch.  Shayla, too, seems to do this with her oversensitive hearing.  She can hear/feel music through medal folding chairs at band concerts, she can hear light bulbs, feel/hear the rumble of large trucks by walking barefoot on the ground.    We discussed how this is another sense that most people are not in touch with and this is a gift we should use.

This concludes the Value Tales series.  Although the stories were long and seemed to take an hour each day out of our school day, I believe they were well worth it. Not only did Shayla learn about a good character trait in each one, she also learned about famous people in history.  At the end of each, there is a Historical Facts section where it explained the fact from fiction of the story.  We learned geography in many of the books because many of the characters lived in and traveled to foreign lands and we located those places on the globe.

Shayla related to many of the characters. Here are just a few:   Helen Keller because she was mute and had to overcome her difficulties.    Hans Christian Andersen because he was a tall, awkward fellow that had a creative imagination that many didn't understand.  Mozart because like Shayla, he heard sounds that most people don't notice.  In the end, his oversensitive hearing changed to becoming deaf.  This is typical of Meniere's Disease, which we have wondered if she suffers with. 

We will be mailing these off to my sister.  They were her stories from childhood and somehow I ended up with them.  I think she will enjoy seeing this gift from her childhood and using these books with her own four children.  Shayla thinks this is a great idea, and although she doesn't normally want to part with anything, she is ok with it.


Bible:  The Shepherds Come to See Jesus.  Lude 2:15-18

Devotions:  Taking Risks.  Romans 12:9-13

Reading:  Kind & Brave:  Tommy and the Crows (section N) George Washington (section O)

Read Aloud:  Motorbike Bob

Language/Phonics:  Lesson 81.

Spelling:  List 13.  Completed sections 3&4 in workbook and spelled verbally.

Handwriting:    I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress.  My God in him will I trust.


Bible:  Jesus Goes to Jerusalem.  Luke 2:41, 42

Devotions:  He Makes Us New.  2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Reading:  Kind & Brave:  Lincoln and His Dog (section P) The Story of Moses (section Q)

Read aloud:  Motorbike Bob

Language/Phonics:  Lesson 82.

Spelling:  Typed list 13 on Spelling City and played games.

Handwriting:  Psalm 91:3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence.

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